Investigation of an investigation

Some legislators are calling for an investigation into why the investigation of President Luis Guillermo Solís’ deputy minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga took so long to get started. Ms. Zúñiga is accused of taking a $53,000 bonus she did not qualify for – an accusation upheld by the state’s comptroller. An audit revealed this Dec. 1, 2016, but the official investigation was delayed for nearly two months. Diario Extra

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Mother’s last name could move up

An initiative is now being considered that would give parents the option of listing the mother’s last name ahead of the father’s last name to complete a child’s full legal surname, known as an apellido in Spanish. Currently Costa Rica law (and throughout Latin America and Spain), requires the father’s last name to be listed first, followed by the mother’s last name. Prensa Libre

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Parkinson’s disease mystery

Authorities are baffled over the high death rate from Parkinson’s disease in the canton of Guanacaste, especially in the Nicoya peninsula. Between 2009 and 2013, Parkinson’s disease claimed the lives of 315 Costa Ricans ages 50 to 70, mostly men. The disease is a chronic progressive neurodegenerative disorder. CR Hoy

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Motorcyclists fail tests

If the Road Safety Council (Cosevi) tests for motorcyclists are any indication, the record number of motorcyclist deaths in recent years is at least partly due to inability to ride and maintenance issues. According to Cosevi, 62 percent of applicants fail their tests when they can’t maneuver a motorcycle properly. Others fail due to bad brakes and/or lights. CR Hoy

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Cesarean births come with risks

A new study by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) reports that babies born by scheduled cesareans are 2.34 times more likely to develop a condition called respiratory distress syndrome (CRS). The problem is that following a cesarean procedure, some babies have problems breathing for themselves outside the mother’s womb. These babies require supplemental oxygen and remain hospitalized for a few days. La Nación

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Sexual harassment disclosed

Monday, President Luis Guillermo Solís said he did not know of a sexual harassment complaint, which was uncovered by Diario Extra. The complaint was against Johnny Vargas, head of tours of the presidential house. Solís said he was unaware of the situation because his deputy minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga hid it from him. Zúñiga is already in hot water after allegedly accepting a $53,000 bonus she was not entitled to. Diario Extra

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